Stepping off the plane and hitting that comforting warm wall of heat and seeing tropical plants bursting from the hills, you know the week ahead in the Caribbean sunshine is going to be just what you need.
Whether that’s an adventure soaring through the treetops, beach time, partying at the jump up or tasting endless delicious dishes. There is something for everyone just over 8 hours away from the UK. We love our weeklong escapes to the Caribbean and although we would love more, often our time doesn’t allow it. People travel to Las Vegas for less time and usually for a more hectic time and so 8 hours really isn’t that far for paradise.
We have visited St Lucia a couple of times to explore this wonderful tropical island. I’m not going to lie, the transfers are not as easy ride, so to speak but they are well worth it. Unlike some of the other Caribbean islands, St Lucia is green, hilly and feels very genuinely Caribbean. The roads wind left to right and back up and down and so if you are not good in cars, make sure you get a front seat or, if budget allows, enjoy a helicopter ride and sample the undulating landscape from above.
The island is sprinkled with stunning hotels, basic apartments, larger high end apartments such as The Landings, all inclusive properties and more unique stays such as Boucan by Hotel Chocolat. There is an option for everyone to enjoy what’s on offer here.
We have stayed at Sandals Halcyon which is a smaller all-inclusive resort perfectly located between the other two Sandals hotels on the island. We love the grounds at the hotel which are tropically rich and make the resort a cosy haven. There is the option of a ground floor or first floor room and this low-rise approach makes The Halycon a home away from home. The smiling staff, wide ranging culinary options, activities on offer (including the Caribbean’s longest pool!) and beautifully furnished rooms make relaxing here a breeze. You are also able to explore the other hotels on the island using the free shuttle bus and the Grande is next door to Pigeon Island and the Friday night jump up which shouldn’t be missed. Also, if you are considering a wedding abroad, the Grande does have the most stunning over water chapel.
We enjoyed kayaking, paddle boarding, Big Mable (!), a boat trip to see the Pitons, Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens (and of course the spa which takes 10 years off your age!) and the Tree Top Adventure Park at Dennery to name just a few. We sipped fresh coconut water from coconuts picked within the hour and watched intricate sushi dishes being made in front of us whilst also enjoying the dusky sea view below.
Then, after a week of drowning our senses in new experiences, we always reluctantly step back onto the plane and walk through the Narnia wardrobe, returning to our version or normal but already planning our return.
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